Remember my recent review of Pru McRae's Kumihimo Endings book?  I did say back then that she has another book.

This one, The Prumihimo Disk book really shows how good Pru is with kumihimo.  This innovative designer developed a different kind of disk which allows the user to easily place beads on the outside of the braid. 

Like her previous book, this one is also small and thus highly portable.  The Prumihimo disk is slightly smaller than a typical kumihimo disc. It is sized so that most users can reach the middle hole with their thumbs.  

It is different from the latter in many ways.  Firstly, the disk is actually octagonal, not round.  There are far fewer notches as Pru has eliminated unnecessary ones. There are also just 4 numbers which help orientate users as they work in an anticlockwise fashion. 

Pru uses 8 cords which is similar to the popular 8 cord method but the cords are positioned in an evenly spaced spoke like fashion. Otherwise, the motion of moving top cord down and bottom cord is familiar.  All in all, her disk and method really simplifies kumihimo. 

Her disc uses 2 sizes of cords - less is used than in regular kumihimo.  

Her book is divided into 4 main categories depending on how sides of the braid will have beads.

This double holed dagger necklace has the beads placed only on one side.  I love how Pru added beadwoven beads in between the dagger beads to enhance the design.

This fun necklace project has the beads on two opposing sides of the braid. She varied the types of beads for the focal loop.

This three sided bead project uses much larger gemstones on one side. A really novel look as the gemstones look like they are floating!

Quadruple beading has beads on all four sides.  The magatama necklace shown here looks rather like the ones created with the regular disks but uses far less beads.

The Prumihimo disk is not just a new way of working with beads in kumihimo. It is a well thought out design which is easier to understand and do.  Pru has the book, disc and tutorials over on her site, Prumihimo.


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